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Why a Folding Dog Crate is a Great Option for Your Large Dog

November 16, 2017 - By 

What does a folding dog crate share in common with your dog’s poop?

I could bet a million dollars you’d never guess this right.

Well, dogs prefer to poop in alignment with the Earth’s magnetic field! I know. That’s weird. Maybe funny.

Who in the world pays attention to the direction of a pup’s poop?!

Well, it’s BioMed Central researchers.

Now, how does the poop relate to the crates?

If you have a big dog, it’s unlikely you’d want to be hauling crates down your street whenever you hang out with your pet. If you’re like most smart dog owners, you’d want something more convenient.

Your desire for convenience is just as natural as your pet’s poop aligning to the Earth’s magnetic field.

Of course, you probably already know that petting your dog can lower your blood pressure, so you’re looking for more opportunities to enjoy quality time with your pet.

You might have even taken this desire for companionship a little too far. You joined 45 percent of dog owners who let their dogs sleep in their beds.

In short, you want to spend more time with your dog without hauling crates! I have dug out seven fantastic reasons why you should get your big dog a folding container.

A Folding Dog Crate Is Great For Transportation

A folding dog crate has a distinct advantage. You can quickly move it to any part of town without worrying much about bulkiness. Some crates fold so fast you can set up or dismantle them in seconds.

The American Pet Products Association (APPA) says that the U.S. alone has 89.7 million dogs living in 60.2 million households. Dog owners increased by four percentage points in 2017 from 1988 when the first National Pet Owners Survey was conducted.

In another survey, nearly six in ten dog owners have driven with their dogs in the car in the past year. If you’re like most dog owners, you like your pet sitting beside you (or in the backseat) while driving.

However, the challenge with having your dog ride with you is that you may need the crate when you arrive your destination. Leaving your pet in the car is a death sentence!

And did I mention that it’s illegal in about 20 states in the U.S. to leave your pet in the car?

That’s where your folding dog crate comes to play! You’d quickly grab your container, assemble it and keep your pet safe.

Possible scenarios where your crate comes handy?

Think of hanging out on the beach and you need your pet around, or out on a picnic with a date. Any outdoor scenario would fit this situation.

If you haven’t crate-trained your pet a crate training guide could help you get up to speed.

Durability

The chances are that your folding dog crate would be stronger than regular crates. Designers know that you’d be moving around, and that’s why folding dog crates are designed to stand high levels of wear and tear.

Most folding dog crates are built using lightweight materials with high tensile strengths. In short, they won’t break easily.

Adjustable Crates And Size Differences

Who wants a home littered with dog crates?

Although dog crates have a wide range of sizes, a folding dog crate that’s adjustable as your pet grows has numerous advantages.

Adjustable crates save you time, so you don’t have to shop for new crates every few months, especially in the rapid growth phase of your dog.

Owning a folding dog crate that’s adjustable puts money back into your pocket. You don’t have to buy new crates every few months.

Your adjustable crates give your pet some room to be comfortable and protected from anxiety. Pups grow rapidly in their first four to five months, reaching half their body size in that time. Changing crates at the rate of your pet’s change in size will tell on your wallet.

Solution?

A folding dog crate. You can buy a container for a particular age range, and then purchase a new one when the dog grows older.

Here’s a quick guide to help you measure your crate as your pup grows.

  1. Length: Measure your dog’s length from nose to tail. It helps to add between two to three inches to your dog’s length.
  2. Height: Your height measurement determines that’s of the crate you’ll need. Measure your dog, starting from the top of its head down to the ground. If your dog’s breed has naturally long ears it’s best you measure from the tip of that dog’s ears.
  3. Width: Measure your dog’s width and then add four inches for large breeds and two inches for smaller breeds to determine the width of your folding dog crate.

A general guide to the size of dogs:

  • Smallest: Most small Terrier breeds
  • Medium: Bulldog, most sporting dogs, Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, APBT, Golden Retriever, Amstaff, and Basset Hound.
  • Large: Alaskan Malamute, Labradoodle, and Bernese Mountain Dog.
  • Largest: Newfoundland, Tibetian Mastiff, Great Dane, and Mastiff.

Hey, crate sizes are not this simple. This list of four general sizes is basic should you have to make a quick decision. Consider consulting a detailed dog crate sizes guide to help you make an informed decision.

IATA Compliant Folding Dog Crate

When traveling by air, you want to be sure you’re not forced to leave your pet behind at the airport or asked to keep her in a kennel. An excellent folding dog crate would meet your airplane travel needs.

You’d quickly find a folding dog crate that meets the International Air Transport Association (IATA) standards. IATA has specific criteria for crates that’d fly covers

  • Design and construction,
  • Ventilation,
  • Feeding and watering,
  • Dimension and stocking density,
  • Labelling and marking,
  • and more

You can find IATA compliant folding dog crates on websites like Pet Crates Direct or Amazon.

Get Extra Legroom Around Your Apartment

If you live in a small apartment with your pet, then a folding dog crate is ideal for you. Whenever your dog is out of the crate, you can quickly get extra legroom around your apartment by folding the crate.

Another idea here is that you can use a leash for your dog all day, and then at night, have the dog lay in the folding crate.

Easier To Maintain

You have a life! Your folding dog crate wouldn’t take time to clean and maintain, at least in most cases. The ease of maintenance justifies owning a folding container, especially if you have busy days almost all the time.

In fact, folding dog crates are easier to maintain compared to regular crates because you can dismantle, clean, and assemble them back.

A side benefit here is that you don’t have to go inside of the crate to clean it, and you don’t have to leave hard-to-reach parts of the crate. You can reach everywhere and be thorough with your cleaning.

You don’t have to worry about rust for most folding crates; they’re either coated or built with anti-rust materials.

Ditch The Kennel And Save Money!

Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones! Your workplace allows you to bring pets to work, but you’ve never bothered because it’s just not convenient.

So you use the kennel. It costs money, but what’s a fellow to do. You can’t leave the dog at home.

However, lousy boarding kennels could hurt your pet. Here are warning signs to help you decide if a kennel is terrible for your dog:

  • Keeps’ reluctance to show you around the kennel,
  • Perceiving unpleasant smells,
  • The kennel has no provable vaccination history,
  • Poor emergency planning for the pets,
  • Unskilled staff,
  • Dog playgroups not divided by size and temperament,
  • Not enough space and facilities outdoors,
  • No reports on your pet’s behavior and experience at the kennel.

Of the top eight expenses on dogs yearly, kennel boarding is the number two most expensive, just behind surgical vet expense. Kennels gulp nearly 21 percent of the total spending on dogs.

Hauling a crate to work just doesn’t cut it.

Luckily, you can get your pet a folding dog crate and have him, or her, hang out with you at work without making a scene. Cut your kennel costs and build your relationship with your pet.

To Wrap It Up

We all want convenience. Beyond some lazy desire to avoid hard work, hauling your dog’s crate down the road isn’t exactly a show of intelligence.

Using a folding dog crate could save you money you’d otherwise spend kennel boarding your pet. A folding container also affords you the convenience spending more quality time with your pet.

Dog crates that fold give you some leg room at home when you need extra space. These crates are easy to maintain, comes in different sizes (and some are even adjustable); lightweight crates makes carrying them with you easy.

Since the manufacturers expect you to move around with them, these foldable crates are usually more durable than the traditional version.

If you’re interested in decamping from the 45 percent of dog owners who let their pets sleep on their beds and couches, you might consider starting here.


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A Guide to Pesky Bugs in Washington

June 20, 2017 - By 
Ants taking care of aphids on nettle stem

Are you spending a lot of time outdoors this summer in the state of Washington?

Have you found a ton of bugs and pests bothering you whenever you’re out on a walk? You might need to learn more about the most common bugs in Washington to prepare for the upcoming season.

Keep reading to learn more about the insects of Washington. We’ve compiled a guide on the state’s most common bugs below. Let’s get into it!

The aphids found in trees

One common species of insect found in the state of Washington is the aphids, which are typically found in fruit trees. These bugs don’t necessarily harm the fruit itself but do damage the longevity of the entire fruit tree.

The size of the fruit is usually reduced if aphids are found in the area. You will find honeydew, a sticky substance, on the fruit and leaves of the tree due to these bugs.

Beetles, flies, and wasps

Some more beneficial insects that reside in the state of Washington include beetles, lacewings, syrphid flies, and parasitic wasps. These bugs can sting and lay eggs in aphids so that fewer fruit trees are harmed.

Be sure to identify these bugs and keep them alive since they are more beneficial to the ecosystem. If you have a fruit tree growing in your backyard, you can attract these insects so that they remove aphids from your trees.

You can plant specific flowers in your yard to attract these bugs. Plant some asters and legumes under your fruit tree. You should also reduce pesticide use to conserve these insects.

Silverfish

Have you ever found a silverfish in the corners of your attic or basement? Silverfish are common to the state of Washington and tend to stick around in warm and dark areas of the house.

These bugs are nocturnal and wingless. Silverfish can also live for months without eating, so don’t expect a lack of food to lead to their demise.

If you want to remove a silverfish from your attic or another part of your house, http://naturapestcontrol.com has some great tips.

Buffalo Treehopper

The Buffalo Treehopper is a small and harmless insect. However, they have very large, bison-like heads and tend to look intimidating at first glance.

These bugs have wings and are green in color. You will find these insects outdoors in your yards or gardens.

North American Carpenter Ants

Ants called the North American Carpenter Ants are found in Washington as well. Carpenter ants are the largest type of ant found in all of North America.

Be careful if you see a carpenter ant because they are known for biting humans. These ants have very large jaws for shaving timber and wood, eating other bugs, and biting people.

Giant water bugs

Another bug you’ll find in Washington is the giant water bug. These bugs are dark brown and very big. The giant insect lives in muddy water.

If you go swimming in a lake, you may come upon this bug since it may pinch your toes when you step into the muddy floor.

The state of Washington has its fair share of pesky bugs. If you’re planning to move to the state or you currently live here, you now know the bugs to look out for!


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5 Tips to Keep the Dog Off the Couch

June 13, 2017 - By 

Dogs: they’re adorable, loving, loyal, and just flat out wonderful animals.

They’re also dirty, hairy, slobbery, and even smelly.

Many people aren’t going to want the latter adjectives all over their couches. Everyone loves their dogs, but that doesn’t mean they want to lay in their dog’s filth.

Keeping animals off the furniture can be a tricky endeavor, however. To help you, here are 5 tips to help keep your couch dog-free.

1. Start ‘Em Young

The best and easiest way to make sure your furry friend will stay off of his human’s couch is to make sure he or she knows its off limits from the time they a brought home.

When a puppy is brought home, be sure to take precaution where you cuddle and play with him.

While it may be comfier for you to love and pet your new puppy on the couch, petting and playing on the floor will help you lay the groundwork and establish, right away, that the couch isn’t for dogs.

2. Make Them Want To Lay On The Floor

Of course dogs are going to want to jump up and sleep on the soft, squishy couch with their owners.

It’s your job to make them willfully choose to lay on the floor or in their own doggy beds. Make sure to do this through positive reinforcement and rewards.

Regularly lead them to their beds or floor and reward them with treats.

3. Reward The Good But Don’t Punish The Bad

Training a dog isn’t an easy task and it isn’t for the impatient. It will take lots of hours and lots of work.

When your dog starts approaching the couch or looks ready to jump up on, toss a treat away from the couch. Pet them, and again reinforce that they did the right thing by moving away from the couch.

Inevitably, your pup isn’t always going to listen to you. They’re going to go rogue and jump on the sofa.

Don’t punish them. Negative reinforcements and too much punishment will only bring about a new set of behavioral and psychological problems for your dog. It’s okay to be stern with them, however.

Don’t use any kind of scat mat, and never strike them when they get on the couch. Just be calm, cool and collected. Above all, be firm. It’s tough love time!

4. Not Home? No Worries!

When you leave the house and there is no one to keep and eye on your pet, it’s mighty easy for them to jump up on the couch and you can’t do anything about it.

So, you need to do something about it before you set foot out of the house.

Wooden dog kennels give you a place to keep your pet until you return for your trip. Or, if you prefer to keep your dog out of a kennel, you can simply use a baby/dog gate to keep them from going into a specific room.

There are even certain products designed specifically to keep pets off furniture, or you can save your money and just put a clothes basket on top of the seat.

5. Be Consistent

Like with anything in life, consistency is key.

Make sure that everyone who comes over is aware of your “No Furniture” policy.

Friends, family, babysitters, etc. should all know that you don’t want your dog to dirty up your couch. No matter how good of a boy or girl they may be, people in the home need to know the dog isn’t allowed up there.

The same goes for you. Cuddling up with your dog on the couch late at night might just sound so pleasant to you, but you set the rule and need to live by it as well.

If you aren’t steadfast and consistent it will lead to confusion in your dog and can undo the training you’ve spent so much time on.

Use These Tips To Keep Your Couch Pet-Free

Your dog will hopefully be in your home for a very long time, and they are going to feel just like another member of your family, but they are still a goofy, messy, animal that can’t wash its own paws.

So if you are afraid they’ll mess up that new couch, help train your doggy with the tips you learned here!